Why study Mandarin?

  • Mandarin Chinese is the official language of China. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and one of the most spoken languages in the world.
  • China has become the second largest economy in the world, behind only the United States. The massive growth of trade between China and other countries has created excellent opportunities for businesses. In committing to study Mandarin, you can look forward to being equipped with a highly valued second language. It will vastly boost your appeal to employers.
  • With more than 5,000 years of history, China is a country full of historical and cultural treasures. Speaking Mandarin will enable you to immerse yourself in the rich cultural offering available in China and to communicate with millions of people who speak Mandarin across the world.

What we offer in Languages

We offer Mandarin at beginner level only (no prior knowledge or GCSE grade 5 or below). You will study two language modules per academic year. As a minor subject, Mandarin will serve as an excellent complement to various fields and enable you to acquire additional employability skills (intercultural awareness, resilience, time management, etc.) that will widen your opportunities and enhance your salary prospects.

Because you are required to study at a level commensurate with your prior knowledge or qualifications, if you have a GCSE grade 6 in Mandarin or a very high level of proficiency (e.g. you are a native speaker or you have lived in China), you are not eligible to study Mandarin. In this case, choosing an alternative language would be an excellent option for you.

If you are unsure about your level or eligibility, please contact us at and we will be happy to advise.

We may decide to informally assess your level when you arrive and, if appropriate, suggest an alternative language course.


You will learn Mandarin in a friendly environment. Our modules build confidence in communication from day one. We run a series of lectures, seminars and language lab sessions so that you can practise the reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. You will also gain a greater understanding of Chinese society and culture.

As well as being enjoyable and useful, studying a language can prepare you to spend one or two semesters in a foreign country at one of our many partner universities. Students who have taken up this opportunity have found their experience was thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening, and that it provided them with a bonus when applying for jobs after graduation.

We look forward to welcoming you!